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-moment is in the republican field. robert ford, the american ambassador to syria, this is the one i'm most proud of. he is, on this show, the ambadassador. robert ford went to hamma. he drove right along side the crowds of protesters demanding seer syrian authoritarian government step down. he met them with olive branchs. not the metaphor but actual olive branchs. the ambadassador had to leave syria and come back to the united states for consultations. things got too dangerous there. they are still dangerous. the united nations estimates that 4,000 people have been killed in syria just since march. then just today, a human rights group reported that 34 bodies were found dumped in a town square in western syria. also in syria today, the ambadassador, robert ford is back in syria as of this evening. this does not soften the support by the obama administration. hillary clinton met with exiled syrian opposition leader when she was in geneva today. america may not have a lot of levers to pull when it comes to ploem diplomacy with syria. hillary clinton gave a remarkable speech there. she gave a historic addres
embargo on syria which is going through horrendous violence right now. that having a really deep effect on the syrian government's ability to do business. if syria is aa team, iran is the major leagues. they control much more of the world oil market and european countries would suffer if their governments go through with this. that's a very serious political consideration. back here in washington, the american economy will suffer if we put crippling sanctions on iran that raise gas prices and the obama administration doesn't trust the average voter is going to draw the distinction between the benefits of delaying iran's nuclear program and the higher prices at the gas tank. it's a tough one to explain and a discussion they don't want to have heading into their presidential election. it's not a good idea for them. >> jeff rogin for foreign policy magazine, thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> we'll say right before christmas, richard engel came by the news meeting for our show and the question from the floor of our news meeting was richard, as we're all going home for c
plan is to go on to syria or go on to iran from afghanistan and from iraq. and and, of course, that was the plan of george bush and dick cheney, a plan that was put asunder that iraq turned badly in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. >> i think there are a lot of hard questions to ask about what we learned from the iraq war experience as a nation. the kind of things you were just mentioning there about the split between sieve civilian experience in the last ten years and what our military's experienced in the foremost, especially for those of us who are civilians, we have to think hard about that. one of the things i really don't understand, it's a wide open question to me, is how the experience of the iraq war changed republican politics. i feel like it's surprising to hear republican politicians all talking now as if it is 2005. as if nothing has happened that's any different than when the first few years of when the war started. do you understand how republicans may feel differently about war and peace and foreign policy than they did before the iraq war experience? >> the only way
. that is in syria with al bashir assad. you have a circumstance, every international norm, from refusing to protect diplomats, violating international agreements relating to nuclear arms and nuclear weapons, attempt to get nuclear weapons, to attempting to assassinate on foreign soil a diplomat. they've been continually marginalized. the biggest thing that's happened, the president has been able to unite the world including russia and china. in continuing to ostracize and to isolate iran. so the truth is, and i really mean this, rachel, the talk about the projection, the capacity of iraq to project power in the gulf is actually diminished. they are less feared. they are less -- they have less influence than they have had any time, i would argue, in the last 20 years. and there will be a relationship between iraq and iran because they have a very long border. they will trade. they should have a normal relationship. but they are not allies. remember, these are the guys that, in fact, fought against iran. even the shia in iraq found great difficulty with iran. you've seen a shia leader now who's the p
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